Archive for the 'Debbie Shank' Category

DEBORAH SHANK: 1955-2010…

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Deborah Shank has died. According to the Southeast Missourian, Shank died of natural causes. Jim Shank said he was grateful for the support his family received throughout the years. “I want to thank all of the friends that came forward and helped.” Thank you Just Me for alerting us. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.


Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

On Sunday I wrote about the case of police officer Jimmy Singleton and pondered why Wal-Mart felt compelled to add its two- (one-?) cent’s worth in the form of a friend-of-the-court brief opposing Singleton’s disability payments? Singleton didn’t work for Wal-Mart and his injury in the line of duty didn’t happen on Wal-Mart property. Like […]

Jim Shank is finally getting Debbie’s money back.

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Via Wal-Mart Watch: Wal-Mart made it to Keith Olbermann’s “Worst Person in the World” last night for its slow response in the case of Jim and Debbie Shank. Despite Wal-Mart’s recalcitrance, the case is once again moving forward and the trust in question should be transferred to Jim Shank soon. Tomorrow, however (since Keith was […]

“Don’t send me e-mails.”

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

I suspect Bea Floyd might quickly come to regret sending this message. After all, as a regional personnel manager this is her job, and it’s not like Wal-Mart is making her blog or something.

Evil and stupid: Two great traits that go great together!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

This is from a new e-mail in my inbox by David Nassar of Wal-Mart Watch: Remember when Wal-Mart told Jim Shank on April 1 that the company would not claim Debbie Shank’s money in her trust so it could be used for her medical care? Apparently, Wal-Mart is not keeping its promise to Debbie and […]


Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

All of us involved feel good right now because we forced Wal-Mart to blink. Not because we convinced it that taking Debbie Shank’s money was bad, but because it understood that keeping her money would have a negative effect on its share holder value. And that is the only pressure that any corporation will react […]

Glenn Becks calls the Shanks and the media “terrorists.”

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

The transcript of Glenn Beck’s radio show today, via Think Progress: Well, what are the principles? The principles are right is right, wrong is wrong. No matter how much I need it, no matter how hard it is for me, no matter how much it sucks, it’s not right. My word is my bond. I […]

Wal-Mart takes the Bush vs. Gore position on Debbie Shank.

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Wal-Mart Watch has both Wal-Mart’s letter to Jim Shank and their statement on the Shank flip-flop. They are similar. I’ll quote the statement: We wanted to understand the ongoing impact of any potential changes to the trust, and ensure that any action we take is in the best interests of our associates and their family […]

Comrade Trotsky? Never heard of him.

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

What do Wal-Mart and the Kremlin have in common? Two things. First, the willingness to change its mind on a dime. Second, many mindless loyal followers who are willing to go along with them. Certainly I’m glad that the company won’t be collecting any money from the Shank family. However, in our rush to celebrate, […]


Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Breaking, from the AP: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is dropping a controversial effort to collect over $400,000 in health care reimbursement from a former employee who is confined to a southeast Missouri nursing home since she suffered brain damage in a traffic accident. The world’s largest retailer said Tuesday in a letter to the family of […]

“Whoever’s fault it is, we’re screwed.”

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

I missed this when I was gone last week: Debbie Shank’s son explains the family’s circumstances. It is well worth your time.

Debbie Shank FAQ

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

I see the same mistaken ideas being repeated as the Debbie Shank story moves through the media. Perhaps a short essay in the form of an FAQ will help keep these ideas in check. 1. She had bad lawyers. Not true, her lawyers operated on the standard contingency basis. They even took her case all […]

Here’s Keith again.

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

And here’s a Daily Kos diary trying to plot action. I’m really ashamed that I didn’t do more on this front back in November when it broke, but since Deborah Shank is now getting the attention she deserves I pledge to do all I can to help spread the word.

Keith Olbermann is Deborah Shank’s Edelman.

Monday, March 31st, 2008

During my absence last week, Jeff was good enough to post a link I sent him during my brief computer time noting that Keith Olbermann had named Wal-Mart “Worst Person in the World” because of what they did to Deborah Shank. I was actually watching Countdown the next night and saw that he did it […]


Sunday, March 30th, 2008

I’m thinking that the poor Edelman drudge assigned to deal with Deborah Shank is about this close to going over the edge. The story, as they say in Flack World, has serious legs and it’s not going away. This is exactly what I tried to communicate with Liz Fuller. Corporations have no souls because they’re […]